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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in Indianapolis, Indiana, going into the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course – Track Data
Season Race #: 22 of 36 (07-31-22)
Track Size: 2.439-miles
The Purse: $8,671,417
Track Type: Asphalt Paved Road Course
Number of Turns: 14
Race Length: 82 laps / 199.998 miles
Stage 1 Length: 15 laps
Stage 2 Length: 20 laps
Final Stage Length: 47 laps

NASCAR Cup Series Indianapolis RC Qualifying & Race Records

Track Qualifying Record:

William Byron, Chevrolet, 100.044 mph, 87.765 secs., August 15, 2021

Track Race Record:

A.J. Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 69.171 mph, (03:20:59), August 15, 2021

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

HISTORY

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has existed since 1909, and is the original “Speedway”, the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
  • With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.
  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course was completed in 2000 and it incorporates part of the oval. The original length upon completion measured 2.605-miles.
  • In 2008, and again in 2014, the road course layout was modified to improve competition. This weekend’s event will compete on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile paved version of the road course.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval) was August 6, 1994. Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) won the race.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course was on August 15, 2021, and the event was won by Kaulig Racing’s A.J. Allmendinger.
  • This weekend’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard will be the second NASCAR Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

STARTS

  • A total of 40 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

POLES

  • Hendrick Motorsport’s driver William Byron won the inaugural Busch Light Pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course with a speed of 100.044 mph (87.765 secs.).
  • Youngest/Oldest series pole winner at Indianapolis RC: William Byron (08/15/2021) 23 years, 8 months, 7 days.

WINS

  • Kaulig Racing’s J. Allmendinger won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on August 15, 2021 with an average speed of 69.117 mph, and did it in 3 hours, 20 minutes, and 59 seconds. He won the race by a 17 second margin of victory.
  • Youngest/Oldest series race winner at Indianapolis RC: J. Allmendinger (08/15/2021) 39 years, 7 months, 30 days.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at that Indianapolis Road Course was won from the eighth starting position (J. Allmendinger, Chevrolet).
  • Kaulig Racing is the only organization to win in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (J. Allmendinger, 2021).
  • Chevrolet became the first and only manufacturer to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in the NASCAR Cup Series with the victory in 2021.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney finished runner-up in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on August 15, 2021.

Top-Five Finishes:

  • Five different drivers have finished in the top-five in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course:
    • 2021 Race: 1. J. Allmendinger, 2. Ryan Blaney, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Chase Elliott, 5. Matt DiBenedetto

Top-10 Finishes:

  • 10 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course:
    • 2021 Race: 1. J. Allmendinger, 2. Ryan Blaney, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Chase Elliott, 5. Matt DiBenedetto, 6. Kurt Busch, 7. Erik Jones, 8. Justin Haley, 9. Austin Cindric, 10. Ryan Newman

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 11 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

NASCAR Cup Series Lap Leaders at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Rank All-Time Lap Leaders Laps Led Laps Completed % Led
1 Kyle Larson 28 95 29.5%
2 Denny Hamlin 27 95 28.4%
3 Chase Elliott 14 95 14.7%
4 Chase Briscoe 12 94 12.8%
5 Tyler Reddick 6 95 6.3%
6 AJ Allmendinger 2 95 2.1%
7 Brad Keselowski 2 95 2.1%
8 Austin Dillon 1 88 1.1%
9 Matt DiBenedetto 1 95 1.1%
10 Michael McDowell 1 88 1.1%
11 William Byron 1 77 1.3%
  • Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at the Indianapolis Road Course with 28 laps led – 29.5% of his laps completed.
  • The most and fewest laps led by the winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course is two laps led of the scheduled 95 laps (2.1%) on August 15, 2021 by Kaulig Racing’s J. Allmendinger. He started the race in eighth starting position.
  • The most laps led by a driver that did not win a NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course is 28 of the scheduled 95 laps (29.4%) on August 15, 2021 by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson. He started from the fourth starting position and finished third.

TRACK & EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on August 15, 2021 was won by Kaulig Racing’s J. Allmendinger with a .929-second Margin of Victory over Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney in second.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course did not end in NASCAR Overtime.
  • NASCAR Qualifying at the Indianapolis Road Course has never been cancelled.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course produced 13 lead changes among 11 different leaders.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course produced 22 green flag passes for the lead.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course produced six cautions for 25 laps.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course had 24 of the 40 drivers finish on the lead lap.

NASCAR IN INDIANAPOLIS

  • There has been a total of 87 NASCAR national series races among five tracks held in the state of Indiana.
Track Name City Cup XFINITY Truck Total Races
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway 27 8 0 35
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Indianapolis 1 2 0 3
Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park Indianapolis 0 30 17 47
Funks Speedway Winchester 1 0 0 1
Playland Park Speedway South Bend 1 0 0 1
Totals 30 40 17 87
  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Indiana was at Funks Speedway in Winchester, Indiana on October 15, 1950. The race was won by Lloyd Moore in a Mercury.

INDIANA DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 87 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Indiana.
  • Of the 87 Indiana NASCAR drivers, 12 of them have won at least one NASCAR national series race.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart (Columbus) leads all drivers from Indiana in wins with 62 NASCAR national series wins (49 Cup, 11 Xfinity and two Truck).

 

NASCAR National Series Winners From Indiana

Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Tony Stewart 49 11 2 62
Ryan Newman 18 7 1 26
Darel Dieringer 7 0 0 7
Charlie Glotzbach 4 0 0 4
John Andretti 2 0 0 2
Earl Balmer 1 0 0 1
Chase Briscoe 1 11 2 14
Larry Frank 1 0 0 1
Justin Haley 1 4 3 8
Dick Passwater 1 0 0 1
Tony Raines 0 0 4 4
Kenny Irwin Jr 0 0 2 2
Totals 85 33 14 132

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